Return of the Turnstones
Over the last three or four weeks the Turnstones have start returning from their northern breeding grounds. It seems to be quite an early a return to me but may be its something I have just not really noticed in previous years. From a photography point of view the early returning birds offer an opportunity to capture some birds in their attractive summer plumage. One point of note is that I have found these early returners to be much less approachable than the usually fairly confiding turnstones I encounter through the winter. Here are a small selection of photos taken on the local coast since their return.
When I first spotted this bird at distance I could not quite work out what species it was from the pale colouring but on closer inspection it turned out to be a young bird.
and one more of these technicolour beachcombers..
Of course the turnstones are not the only waders that have been heading back here with good numbers of dunlin and redshank starting to arrive but that can they wait until the next post.